Our Governance

YAS was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2011 to provide a platform for innovative young professionals from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life, to work together to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

YAS operates under the RSE Scotland SCIO (SC043194), a charity connected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The work of YAS is supported by two members of staff:
Morven Chisholm, Young Academy Manager
Marie Montondo, Young Academy Officer
Their contact details can be found here.


The YAS Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision, sets out YAS’s forward-looking objectives and goals for 2015-2020.  It also defines the six core themes around which YAS structures its work, and through which it will deliver its mission.


Our activities are led by a facilitating group of four elected co-chairs and a treasurer (job-sharing for these roles is encouraged, with one role currently being shared by two members).

Nikki Moran

Co-chair (Job share)

Wenxuan Hou

Co-chair (Job share)

Alice Konig

Co-chair for Communications

The Communications Co-Chair is responsible for both internal and external communications, and works with the YAS office to raise YAS’ profile.

Emma Boffey

Co-chair Events

The Events Co-chair is responsible for overseeing the three YAS plenaries each year and other YAS events.

Bernadette O’Rourke

Co-chair for the Work Programme

The Work Programme Co-Chair works with the Thematic Leads to encourage and support activities across YAS’ 6 themes.

Siobhan O’Connor


The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the YAS budget, approving funding for YAS activities, and is the contact for fundraising opportunities.

Meet Our Members

Victoria Loughlan
She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.

Join Us

We recruit new members every two years.  The next recruitment round will take place in early 2020.

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